Costa Rica bishops urge government to defend marriage

San José, Costa Rica, Dec 17, 2012 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Bishops’ Conference of Costa Rica called on the nation’s lawmakers to promote the good of the family by preserving marriage as the union of one man and one woman. In a Dec. 12 statement, the bishops emphasized that marriage is the foundation of the family and is therefore “a very important value that should be defended from every threat that jeopardizes its stability, its particular nature, essential … [Read more...]

Mexican cardinal warns of immigrants forced to transport drugs

Mexico City, Mexico, Dec 17, 2012 / 03:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).-  A retired Mexican cardinal warned that drug traffickers are leveling death threats against immigrants from Central America to recruit them to carry drugs into the United States.   “There is a new phenomenon in which drug cartels are using (immigrants) to transport drugs to the United States,” said Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez, retired Archbishop of Guadalajara. “And when they refuse to carry the … [Read more...]

Boston cardinal emphasizes need for Catholics in politics, media

Rome, Italy, Dec 17, 2012 / 02:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston says the Church needs more and better prepared Catholic politicians and journalists who can bring the faith into the public square."We need to be much more proactive to prepare our laity and help them understand what a crucial role they have in public life and in the media where they're forming public opinion and educating people through different means that have a great impact in … [Read more...]

Palestinian president thanks Pope for his support

Vatican City, Dec 17, 2012 / 12:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met Dec. 17 with the Pope and expressed his thanks for the Holy See’s support after Palestine was recognized as a state by the United Nations.Abbas met with Pope Benedict XVI at the Apostolic Palace after the Vatican welcomed the U.N. General Assembly's Nov. 29 vote to recognize Palestine as a "non-member observer state."According to a Dec. 17 Vatican statement, discussions … [Read more...]

Communications think tank promotes family in media

Rome, Italy, Dec 16, 2012 / 05:16 pm (CNA).- Family and Media is celebrating its seventh year of studying the impact of the media on the family and offering advice to parents on how to form the Christian character of their children.“The catalyst for its starting was John Paul II’s message ‘The Media and the Family: a Risk and a Richness,’ delivered in 2004,” Family and Media's project coordinator Norberto Gaitano told CNA Dec. 14.“Some scholars … [Read more...]

Communications think tank promotes family in media

Rome, Italy, Dec 16, 2012 / 05:16 pm (CNA).- Family and Media is celebrating its seventh year of studying the impact of the media on the family and offering advice to parents on how to form the Christian character of their children.“The catalyst for its starting was John Paul II’s message ‘The Media and the Family: a Risk and a Richness,’ delivered in 2004,” Family and Media's project coordinator Norberto Gaitano told CNA Dec. 14.“Some scholars … [Read more...]


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